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August 20, 2013

NECC redesigns art program, offers new courses

Northern Essex Community College redesigned its art program and has added new courses to the curriculum including video, typography, studio lighting, digital imaging II, 3D modeling and rendering, and motion graphics.

Art students will now major in General Studies: Art with a choice of four focus areas including fine arts, visual communication (formerly graphic design), multimedia and, for the first time, photography.

The new curriculum will make it easier for students to transfer and graduate with fully developed portfolios which is the standard when looking for jobs, according to Shar Wolff, assistant dean of technology, arts and professional studies.

As a result of the redesign, the college hired its first full-time multimedia faculty member and purchased new equipment and software. New multimedia faculty member Brian Matthew Knoth has a master’s in Media Arts from Emerson College and a master’s and Ph.D. from Brown University. He currently teaches at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State University and Emerson College. At Northern Essex, Knoth will be teaching new multimedia courses such as video, motion graphics, and advanced image editing.

A third MAC lab was added on the Haverhill campus and these labs will be equipped with industry standard software such as Maya, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as professional series ink jet printers. The college also purchased new equipment including video and digital cameras. For more information, contact Wolff at swolff@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3863.

New graphic design courses offered

Three new, noncredit graphic design courses will be offered this fall at Northern Essex Community College’s Riverwalk campus, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence.

Each three-week course will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost per course is $189, plus a $10 capital fee.

Award-winning graphic designer Susan Stehfest will teach Basic Page Layout using Adobe InDesign beginning Nov. 6. This class will review using basic tools and features of this popular software, while creating and designing a professional-quality brochure. Participants should bring a flash drive. Veteran graphic designer Stacy Sawyer will teach Adobe Illustrator Part One, beginning Sept. 25, and Adobe Illustrator Part Two – Advertisement beginning Oct. 23. For more information or to register, call 978-659-1200. Visit online at necc.mass.edu.

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